Tagle urges parishes to organize EDSA commemoration

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 24 2017 07:09 PM

MANILA - Manila Archdiocese Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle has urged parishes to organize public prayer events to commemorate the bloodless revolt that toppled the Marcos dictatorship. 

In a circular issued Thursday, Tagle told parishes to organize, if they wish, processions, rosary rallies, and prayer worship to remember the EDSA People Power revolution. 

"We give every parish the freedom to plan and organize its commemoration with simplicity but depth," the cardinal said. "What is important is the space offered for a religious experience that could transform our parishioners on the ground," Tagle said in the circular.

This comes amid the Duterte administration's decision to hold only a low-key event for the 31st anniversary of the Church-backed revolt.

The Catholic Church was one of the key institutions that spurred the People Power Revolution in 1986. It could be recalled that it was the late Jaime Cardinal Sin who called on the public through Radio Veritas to help protect then Defense Minister Juan Ponce-Enrile and Armed Forces Vice Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Fidel Ramos who defected from the Marcos government. 

Tagle, the current Manila archbishop, said the EDSA Revolution was an event of people relying on their faith for transformation. 

"In full view of the world, the Filipino people showed the power of prayer that begets courage, that begets solidarity, that begets change," the prelate said. "Thirty one years later, we thank God for the gift of faith as we also ask pardon for our personal and communal failure in consistently living that faith in justice, love and peace."